Charles Bruguier à Genève, Movement No. 1110, 96 x 60 x 36 mm, circa 1860
An exquisite, extremely rare and heavy gold enamel singing bird box Case: 18k gold, total weight 427 g, rectangular box with rounded corners, engine-turned sides, all-over very fine engravings of flowers and garlands; front with slide to release the automaton in the form of a feathered bird; back with folding panel to conceal the key compartment; top part with engine-turned ornamentation and translucid cobalt blue enamelling, exquisite opaque enamel flowers and foliate; central oval plaque with multi-colour painting of an Alpine lake view: a sailing boat and a farmhouse against an engine-turned background with translucent enamelling. Inner lid decorated with opaque multi-coloured flower bouquet of roses and violets against a blue background. Automaton mechanism: rectangular, full-plate, circular pillars, chain/fusee, bellows, bird with moving head, wings and tail in front of a pierced and engraved gold plate.
Charles-Abraham Bruguier the younger (1818-1891) He came from a family of well-known singing bird makers which had its origin in the works of Charles-Abraham Bruguier senior (1788-1862). The younger Charles Abraham Bruguier was born in London because his father worked there at the time. He is mentioned in the 1843 records of Geneva as working in the Terreaux de Chantepoulet street; he later moved to the Rue Rousseau, to the Rue Sismondi and then to the Rue des Pâquis. Charles-Abraham the younger manufactured singing bird boxes which were similar to those his father created; the same is true for his brother-in-law Jacques Bruguier, and the latter's son Jacques-Alexander. Charles-Abraham Bruguier senior had redesigned singing bird movements in that he slightly simplified them to facilitate production and at the same time managed to extend the length of the song.
Estimate 110,000 - 150,000 €
Price Realised 144,000 €
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